The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for Beryl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beryl \Ber"yl\ (b[e^]r"[i^]l), n. [F. b['e]ryl, OF. beril, L.
     beryllus, Gr. bh`ryllos, prob. fr. Skr. vai[dsdot][=u]rya.
     Cf. Brilliant.] (Min.)
     A mineral of great hardness, and, when transparent, of much
     beauty. It occurs in hexagonal prisms, commonly of a green or
     bluish green color, but also yellow, pink, and white. It is a
     silicate of aluminum and beryllium. The aquamarine is a
     transparent, sea-green variety used as a gem. The emerald
     is another variety highly prized in jewelry, and
     distinguished by its deep color, which is probably due to the
     presence of a little oxide of chromium.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the chief source of beryllium; colored transparent
           varieties are valued as gems

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     the rendering in the Authorized Version of the Hebrew word
     _tarshish_, a precious stone; probably so called as being
     brought from Tarshish. It was one of the stones on the
     breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 28:20; R.V. marg.,
     "chalcedony;" 39:13). The colour of the wheels in Ezekiel's
     vision was as the colour of a beryl stone (1:16; 10:9; R.V.,
     "stone of Tarshish"). It is mentioned in Cant. 5:14; Dan. 10:6;
     Rev. 21:20. In Ezek. 28:13 the LXX. render the word by
     "chrysolite," which the Jewish historian Josephus regards as its
     proper translation. This also is the rendering given in the
     Authorized Version in the margin. That was a gold-coloured gem,
     the topaz of ancient authors.

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229